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« on: February 27, 2010 09:29:40 AM »

A while ago, I made these menu magnets.

The problem was, we had to buy a new fridge after that, and the brushed steel (or whatever it is) is actually not magnetic. Also, we found it too troublesome to search for the individual magnets in their little pouches, and thought it would be more inspiring for cooking ideas if we could see the ingredients all laid out.

So I made this menu board:


I bought a 0,5 mm sheet of uncoated metal from the hardware store. Unfortunately they only came in 2 m x 1 m sheets, and I wanted a 50 cm x 80 cm piece. So I also had to buy cutters and cut the sheet to size:


This is rather dangerous, as the cut edge is VERY sharp and you have to stick your arm right in between. Kinks are surprisingly difficult to smooth out, so you don't want to bend the metal down too much. Long leather gloves would be advisable!

Then I painted the sheet with Hammerite, drilled holes in the corners and screwed the sheet onto the inside of our pantry cupboard. Oh, and I painted on the words Menu and Notes (for shopping lists, etc.) with standard acrylic craft paint.

It's not very pretty, but since I made this a couple of months ago, we've actually made a menu for every week (and stuck to it!), so this was really worth it! It really does help with getting inspiration from the ingredients and dish ideas as well. Luckily it's on the inside of the door so only we see it. Wink Maybe someday (when we remodel the kitchen?) I'll refine the idea and make something nicer looking! Actually, after I'd gone to the trouble of cutting and painting the metal, I realised I could have just bought some of that magnetic paint and painted the door. Oh, well...
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010 09:59:12 AM »

Great idea.  I love that you can see every ingredient.  I bet it helps with shopping as well.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010 10:18:05 AM »

That's neat, but the inherent danger in cutting the metal scares me. An idea for if you, or anyone else, wants to try this again, they make magnetic paint (or maybe it's primer) so you could get a thin sheet of plywood or I guess even some kind of thick paper and paint it with the magnetic paint.

Did you make the menu magnets? Those are neat
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010 12:18:27 PM »

An idea for if you, or anyone else, wants to try this again, they make magnetic paint (or maybe it's primer) so you could get a thin sheet of plywood or I guess even some kind of thick paper and paint it with the magnetic paint.

Yep. Cleverly I thought of this after I'd made it.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010 03:10:40 PM »

That's brilliant!  This would be soooo handy!
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2010 09:59:41 PM »

I kind of like it on the sheet of metal rather than magnetic paint, because this way it's more movable/portable. Although I agree, the sharp edge problem is a bit scary! Did you file it down before you put it up?
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010 09:26:44 AM »

I kind of like it on the sheet of metal rather than magnetic paint, because this way it's more movable/portable. Although I agree, the sharp edge problem is a bit scary! Did you file it down before you put it up?

Yes I did, so it's not dangerous anymore. Just during the cutting.
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